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Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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90
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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 72
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The addition of flaked oats add a “smooth” texture to this big black ale. Lots of chocolate roasty flavors tightened up by an abundance of Pacific Northwest hops.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-15-2003)
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Photo of rhinos00
2.05/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Received this as an extra from a generous trader. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark fudge color, nearly black. Produced two fingers width of cream colored head. Great head retention.

S- I would give this a 4.3 if I could. Really has everything I could want from this style of beer. Plenty of toasted oats with some charred malts. Also a bit of brown sugar to add a nice subtle layer of sweetness.

T- You have no idea how much I was looking forward to this beer, especially after taking a couple whiffs. This beer definitely has a QC issue. As soon as the beer touches the palate a tremendous burnt, sour character takes over. Extremely unpleasant. Really hard to pick out any other flavors.

M- QC problem aside, this beer had a medium body with good carbonation. Would have been perfect for a sessionable oatmeal stout.

D- I drank half a tulip and the rest went down the drain.

Looking forward to a re-review. I'll leave this up until I get this chance to try this again.

rhinos00, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of COBeerBuff
2.1/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle received from CooperEllis in the (Blank)IF and poured into a Spiegelau tulip.

Appearance: Cracked the cap with a nice whoosh of carbonation. The beer pours an opaque jet black with a ton of carbonation. Almost 3 fingers of mocha tan colored head that recedes slowly leaving a huge billowy layer along the top and great lacing down the edges of the glass. The liquid itself is amazingly dark. Most oatmeal stouts let in some browns around the edges, but this one is all dark and mysterious. Love it!

Smell: Much like past reviewers, the nose is heavily slanted towards the bitterness of coffee. I was expecting some more soft oat and chocolate flavors, and while they are present, the roastiness of the coffee and the burnt grains create an interesting conundrum for my nose. As some others noted, there’s a bit of acidity in the nose that’s tough to put a finger on.

Taste: A little bit of chocolate and a lot of coffee are present, but this one is all sour cherries and spoiled fruit. My wife claims it doesn’t taste anything like an oatmeal stout, but she loves it. I don’t think it tastes anything like an oatmeal stout, and I hate it. I’m going to let it warm to see if it improves, but looking doubtful.

Mouthfeel: With the extreme carbonation present, the mouthfeel is incredibly light and watered down. I’m wondering if this is a QC issue or if the bottle being 7 months old contributed anything to it. It’s unfortunate because I was really looking forward to having a Portsmouth stout.

Drinkability: As it warms, its drinkability improves slightly, but this one is still too much for my tastes. I finished the first tulip, but couldn’t bear to drink the rest. I’m going to leave this review up until I get another bottle to review just in case this boils down to being a QC issue, and not a matter of letting it sit too long.

COBeerBuff, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
2.3/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review adapted from notes taken 4/2/11

Note: I've had this beer more than once. Why? Because I couldn't believe what I was tasting...

Appearance: Nicely black, with a tan head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass

Smell: Roasted malts, oats - but not in a good way - something about the malts impart a smell of wet corn husk or wet cardboard, almost smoky - kind of sweet, kind of burnt, definitely unappealing

Taste: Again, not impressive - way, way too sweet - there is a bizarre flavor that lurks in this beer, like wet cardboard that was burnt and then covered in sugar - bitter, not in a good way - the roasted malts and oats make somewhat of an appearance as this approaches room temperature, but it is too little, too late - not good, but still not a drain pour

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated, but thin - very thin for the style, almost remarkable considering that the oats should increase the mouthfeel

Overall: I don't understand how this could come from the Portsmouth Brewery

I had this on-tap in 2008, and I thought it was bad. Nearly three years later, I had a fresh bomber of it, and it still tasted bad. It's not, "I'm going to gag and dump this," kind of bad, just not even close to the quality of even the "average" Portsmouth Brewery offering. If you go to the Portsmouth Brewery, enjoy the other fantastic offerings and avoid this anomaly.

angrybabboon, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

t0rin0, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of SacoDeToro
2.6/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with essentially no head.

The aroma had some sweet malt notes laced with some caramel and a touch of chocolaty roast. No hops in the aroma. A clean and mild fruitiness was present.

Mild malty sweetness was laced with a touch of chocolate and a faint hint of roast. Not much though. A mild fruitiness rounded things out. The beer had some papery notes in there, indicating mild oxidation.

The mouthfeel was pretty thin, especially for an oatmeal stout. It lacked that creaminess that defines a good oatmeal stout. The carbonation was too low IMO. The body was very thin for an oatmeal stout as well.

This beer lacked any real depth or richness of flavor. It was missing all the components of what makes a good oatmeal stout. To me, it tasted much more like a brown porter. This was disappointing since most of the other beers I've had from Portsmouth have been outstanding. If this really is their regular oatmeal stout, they need to tear up the blueprint.

SacoDeToro, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of BarrytheBear
2.65/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Received this bottled in a trade sometime over the last year or so, but my notes seem to render the sender a mystery. To whoever you are, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours black with a short lived tan head that plunges to a steady ring around the glass. Next to no glass related carnage. Looks pretty gnarly in my Darkness snifter.

Smells of bitter roast and red wine vinegar. There's a creamy caramel dessert underneath, but the vinegar lingers over the proceedings like a Clarence Thomas pubic hair. Too obscure? Not sure this belongs.

Tartness atop lactose. Bitter coffee, light roast, and again with the vinegar. Odd.

For an oatmeal stout, the body here is really lacking: light with a low carbonation and not enough heft or substance.

Overall, this just isn't a very good oatmeal stout. I wanted to like this more, but there's just something slightly off. If it is an infection, it hasn't rendered the beer undrinkable. What it has done is render this a disappointment.

BarrytheBear, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of brdc
2.68/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks rpstevens for this one. Large capped bottle, poured into a snifter.

I had a number of portsmouth beers recently, and have not been impressed other than KTG. This one being a stout, I have high hopes.
Nearly pitch black, a thin light tan head does not hold well, and there is not a lot of lacing.
Strange aroma, to say the least, some oatmeal and other sweetish malts, but there is also something acrid that does not belong at all.
Quite thin for an oatmeal stout, it has the expected sweetish malts, oatmeal, some roasted notes, but here that acrid note is even more evident, and it is really in the way of the overall enjoyment.
The more Portsmouth I have, the more I am convinced this is a "one hit wonder" brewery.

brdc, May 25, 2009
Photo of brewerburgundy
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle, Duvel tulip, 20th Anniversary Portsmouth label. Thank you, Jayli via Secret Santa 2011.

Very dark, even for a Stout, it deserves to be called black. There is very little head and what there is is light for a Stout.

Stale coffee and bitter chocolate with a bit of charcoal and oak thrown in. It smells like a cup of cheap coffee with creamer or chocolate milk.

Things break down when one tastes this beer. First, it's within a wheezy breath of being completely flat. I stick with the stale coffee reference, but this time it isn't a cheap and cheerful, satisfying with the dairy in it, aspect. Slight sourness, sweetness is balanced reasonably by mostly dark malt bitterness and astringency.

It has the weight of an Oatmeal Stout, but it is all but flat. The bottle must not have sealed properly. Yeah, it's 1.5 bad. With any less heft it would be a 1.

It smells good, but that is all. Likely proper carb would fix it all, but Portsmouth wasn't able to pull that off with this bottle.

brewerburgundy, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -25.9%

IdrinkGas, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of ahbaggins
3/5  rDev -25.9%

ahbaggins, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up this bottle from the brewery in May.
The beer pours jet black with a tan head. The nose is reminiscent of pungent buttery popcorn, laundry water, and a touch of metal. The taste is equally reminiscent of dirty lines...however, I must move on through the review...because I poured it from a bottle.
It's a drinkable stout with a slight bite from the hops and alcohol. You would not know this was an oatmeal stout. The body is watery and in combination with all else wrong with this beer...this is an epic fail.
Quite undrinkable and a huge disappointment.

ThePorterSorter, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of vinny21bal
3/5  rDev -25.9%

vinny21bal, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of cnwillis31
3/5  rDev -25.9%

cnwillis31, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Damian
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 22 FLUID OUNCE bottle purchased at the Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a deep, dark, near black with brown edges and absolutely no head. (Perhaps a bad bottle?)

The aroma was rich and complex. Roasty yet smooth and sweet with strong notes of rum, molasses, raisins and brown sugar. Some dark chocolate came through as well. The sweetness of the nose intensified as the beer warmed.

The taste was dark and roasty. Roasted malts and coffee came through up front along with a touch of smoke. Dark chocolate was noticeable in the center. The finish was bitter and slightly acrid with a moderate, piney hop bite. A mix of hops and deep roast notes lingered in the aftertaste. Overall, the flavor was a bit harsh for my palate.

The mouthfeel was terribly watery and thin with a carbonation so fine and mild that the beer almost seemed flat.

Drinkability was moderate. The beer was much more acrid and far less carbonated than I anticipated. It definitely lacked the creamy, silky smooth, oat-like quality found in better examples of the style.

This beer was a real disappointment. Based on other reviews, I am guessing that I got a bad bottle. I will definitely have to seek it out again.

Damian, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Portsmouth

Poured a solid black color with a small ringlet of tan bubbles for a head. Basic stouty aroma, dark roasty malts, small hints of coffee and cocoa. More of the same in the taste, dark malts, fairly roasty, coffee bitterness, a little earthiness, and a bit of tea-like astringency. Pretty bland and underwhelming overall. Mouthfeel was pretty thin, especially for an oatmeal stout, body was about medium. Not a very good stout, IMO, and I'm pretty sure someone with a homebrew extract kit could make something as good if not better.

Rifugium, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of mikereaser
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - poured from a bottle on 7/3/11, pours a deeply dark brown with not light passing through when held up to the light. There is a 1/4 inch of tan foam that quickly faded leaving just some spotty lacing.
S - bitter coffee, roasted malts, the oats and some lactose sweetness
T - roasted bitter coffee, oats and lactose type sweetness, the taste is just a bit too sweet for me.
M - Smooth and creamy, medium bodied with a slight amount of carbonation.
D - This one is just too sweet for me. Its hard to finish. There is just a harsh bitterness and sweetness that is overwhelming.

mikereaser, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of FuturePilot
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

FuturePilot, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of seplo
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

seplo, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of nheinzie57
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

nheinzie57, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

ZEB89, May 29, 2014
Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

rab53, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of sethmeister
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oatmeal Stout on nitro tap at Portsmouth Brewery Oct 25th 2008.

Opaque black with two fingers of creamy soft khaki head. Sheets and waves of lace decorate the glass. Gorgeous.

Scent is chocolate, coffee, fruit, citric hops, and a slight roasty quality.

Taste is fruity and sweet. A vry slight hint of chocolate and coffee. Mildly roasty. Citric finish with a very light bitterness. Hints of sourness on the sides of the tongue. Sweet fruit flesh. I actually taste sweet fleshy pears and apples. Surprising how fruity this is for an oatmeal stout...

Mouth is creamy, soft and velvety.

Drinkability is very good.

A soft delicious sweet creamy stout. Surprisingly fruity however. Fresh fleshy sweet fruit seems to dominate and is stronger than the chocolate or coffee notes. Reminiscent of Portsmouth's Dirty Blonde with the fruity flavors and I idly wonder if some of the Dirty Blonde fell into the Oatmeal Stout and drowned? I guess I would prefer a bit less fruit and a bit more emphasis on the roasty, coffee and chocolate flavors, though this is rather unique. Still, a tasty beer.

sethmeister, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with 2 fingers of creamy mocha colored head. Thin creamy layer of retention that just skims the surface, leaving a nice looking latticwork of lacing behind. The aroma is quite roasty, with notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, some oatmeal sweetness, and floral hops in the back.

The taste is touch more muted than the aroma was, with notes of roast, chocolate, coffee, and caramel, with a smack of citrus and a tingle of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied with a silky oatmeal feel to it but the carbonation still stays firm in the mouth.

Pretty good for the style. I just missed this on nitro at the brewpub but I'm glad that they still had some bottles available.

Kegatron, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Just one shade to the dark brown side of pitch black. Murky looking beer. Thick, espresso like brown head. Pours very thick and slowly fades to about a finger thick. Spiderwebs of lacing left on the glass.

S - Sweet chocolate, roasted malts and just a hint of bitterness. Roasted malts really come through as the beer warms. A light lactic aroma as well.

T - Roasted malts with hints of sweet and bitter chocolate. A touch of sourness to it as well...sour fruits to be more specific. As it warms a bitterness from the roasted malt becomes stronger.

M/D - Medium bodied and very creamy, much like an oatmeal stout should be. Very smooth and easy drinking.

ckeegan04, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of leschkie
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

leschkie, May 08, 2012
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Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.